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Air Force has new Airman's Creed

SAN ANTONIO (AFRNS) --

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley has announced a new Airman's Creed, which replaces all existing Air Force-related creeds.

There have been many different versions of the Air Force creed recited throughout the years, especially during induction ceremonies.

"Our new Airman's Creed is the only one that has been officially recognized as our Air Force Creed," said CMSAF Rodney J. McKinley. "We now have one creed for all Airmen that recognizes our past, present, future, and our warrior ethos."

"As the youngest of America's five services, our battle traditions are just a hundred years old," explained General Moseley. "Nevertheless, we are heirs to a proud heritage. The Airman Warrior tradition was built by heroic visionaries and practitioners -- such as Mitchell, Arnold, Chennault, Doolittle, LeMay, and Schriever -- who charged us to believe in and advocate the value of air power for the nation.

"They left us a spirit that fosters initiative, innovation, and forward thinking," said the general. "They left us an institutional belief in leading by example, from the front, and assuming the full measure of risk and responsibility. They left us a heritage of valor, honor, service and sacrifice. This legacy -- the contrails they left behind -- defines who we are, shapes what we do, and sets the vector for our future. We stand on the shoulders of giants."

General Moseley believes the new Airmen' Creed "memorable and hard-hitting lines articulate" the Air Force's fundamental beliefs and captures "the essence of our warfighting ethos."

The Airman's Creed

I am an American Airman.
I am a warrior.
I have answered my nation's call.
I am an American Airman.
My mission is to fly, fight, and win.
I am faithful to a proud heritage,
A tradition of honor,
And a legacy of valor.
I am an American Airman,
Guardian of freedom and justice,
My nation's sword and shield,
Its sentry and avenger.
I defend my country with my life.
I am an American Airman:
Wingman, leader, warrior.
I will never leave an Airman behind,
I will never falter,
And I will not fail.